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Russia: Tatarstan Warns Against Karabakh Independence

Window on Eurasia writes: “By recognizing Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, South Osetia or Transdniestria as independent, as many in Moscow are now urging, the Russian government would undermine the territorial integrity of its own country, a senior member of Tatarstan’s parliament told a Baku newspaper.”


  • Michael Averko

    Not really, because none of the Russian republics seek separation.

    Leave it to Paul Goble to not mention that Pridnestrovie and South Ossetia seek to become a part of Russia.

    Simply put, those wanting to become a part of Russia are the clear reality unlike those wanting to separate from it.

    The once popular notion of Chechen separatism has waned because of the havoc which occurred when Chechnya was twice given great autonomy during the last decade.

  • Vilen Khachatryan

    No matter what, the four semi-independent republics will eventually get recognition of their sovereignty. There is no way to pull back the wheel of history. The only way to limit their independence is to bring back the Soviet Union so that the territories agian can forcefully be incorporated into the USSR. Freedom can be limited only by force. None of the countries who lost their territories are able to retake the territories by force. They should realize that the territories they lost were given to them against the will of the people inhabiting those territories. Stalin did not bother to ask the people of Karabakh, or Abkhazia whether they want to live with Azeries or Georgians. The will of the people cannot be suppressed for too long.

  • Regarding disputed former Communist bloc territories:

    As the above link the claim that Kosovo has a better case for independence than Pridnestrovie (Trans-Dniester) is questionable (put mildly). In addition to Pridnestrovie having the better human rights and historical claims, its ethnic Moldovan population are in general agreement with its Slavic majority of Russians and politically blue Ukrainians (most of Pridnestrovie’s Ukrainian population are of a non-Orange view).

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